Multi-marker longitudinal algorithms incorporating HE4 and CA125 in ovarian cancer screening of postmenopausal women

Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Oleg Blyuss, Andy Ryan, Matthew Burnell, Chloe Karpinskyj, Richard Gunu, Jatinderpal K. Kalsi, Anne Dawnay, Ines P. Marino, Ranjit Manchanda, Karen Lu, Wei Lei Yang, John F. Timms, Max Parmar, Steven J. Skates, Robert C. Bast, Ian J. Jacobs, Alexey Zaikin, Usha Menon

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    Longitudinal CA125 algorithms are the current basis of ovarian cancer screening. We report on longitudinal algorithms incorporating multiple markers. In the multimodal arm of United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), 50,640 postmenopausal women underwent annual screening using a serum CA125 longitudinal algorithm. Women (cases) with invasive tubo-ovarian cancer (WHO 2014) following outcome review with stored annual serum samples donated in the 5 years preceding diagnosis were matched 1:1 to controls (no invasive tubo-ovarian cancer) in terms of the number of annual samples and age at randomisation. Blinded samples were assayed for serum human epididymis protein 4 (HE4), CA72-4 and anti-TP53 autoantibodies. Multimarker method of mean trends (MMT) longitudinal algorithms were developed using the assay results and trial CA125 values on the training set and evaluated in the blinded validation set. The study set comprised of 1363 (2–5 per woman) serial samples from 179 cases and 181 controls. In the validation set, area under the curve (AUC) and sensitivity of longitudinal CA125-MMT algorithm were 0.911 (0.871–0.952) and 90.5% (82.5–98.6%). None of the longitudinal multi-marker algorithms (CA125-HE4, CA125-HE4-CA72-4, CA125-HE4-CA72-4-anti-TP53) performed better or improved on lead-time. Our population study suggests that longitudinal HE4, CA72-4, anti-TP53 autoantibodies adds little value to longitudinal serum CA125 as a first-line test in ovarian cancer screening of postmenopausal women.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1931
    Number of pages12
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


    • CA125
    • HE4
    • MMT
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Postmenopausal women
    • Screening


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